India frees top Kashmir politician after more than a year in detention

Indian authorities released a top Kashmiri politician late on Tuesday, the last major leader held since August last year when the federal government withdrew the troubled region’s autonomy and arrested politicians. Mehbooba Mufti, a former chief minister of the state, was released late on Tuesday, government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said on Twitter. He did not […]

Trump’s Indian worshipper Bussa Krishna dies of cardiac arrest

An Indian man who worshipped US president Donald Trump died of a cardiac arrest, official from his village and police said. Bussa Krishna, who was upset by the news of the US president contracting Covid-19 died on Sunday(11), reported Reuters. Krishna had said his devotion for Trump began more than four years ago when the […]

Millions of Indians to get Diwali loans to boost battered economy

Millions of Indian public servants will be offered loans of around £104 ($135) –- to be repaid over 10 months — in a bid to boost spending and salvage the coronavirus-ravaged economy, the government said Monday. The offer comes days after the World Bank said the economy would contract by nearly ten per cent this […]

Mumbai witnesses first major blackout in more than two years

INDIA’s financial capital Mumbai and surrounding areas on Monday(12) witnessed its first major blackout in more than two years following a grid failure. The outage stranded thousands of train passengers, disrupted online college exams and affected mobile telephone services before power was restored to most parts of the city of some 20 million. The grid […]

India’s coronavirus infections rise to 7.12 million

INDIA’s total coronavirus cases rose by 66,732 in the last 24 hours to 7.12 million on Monday(12), data from the health ministry showed. Deaths from Covid-19 infections rose by 816 to 109,150, the ministry said. On Sunday(11) the country’s total coronavirus infections topped 7 million as it added a million cases in just 13 days. […]

Indian minister Ram Vilas Paswan,74, dies

VETERAN Indian politician Ram Vilas Paswan, a federal minister and an ally of prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling coalition, died on Thursday(8) after weeks in hospital, his son Chirag Paswan said in a Tweet. He was 74. Paswan, India’s minister for consumer affairs, food and public distribution, was admitted to a city hospital on September […]

India to hit record rice exports this year as Thailand, Vietnam struggle

INDIA’s rice exports may jump to record highs in 2020 as other rival exporters such as Thailand and Vietnam face various setbacks. Industry officials said that India’s rice exports this year will rise by nearly 42 per cent from a year ago because of reduced shipments from rival exporters and a depreciating rupee. Currently, India […]

India police book hundreds over ‘foreign involvement’ in gang-rape protests

Indian police on Tuesday (6) accused foreign human rights groups and Muslim organisations of inciting caste tensions after widespread protests against their handling of a gang-rape and murder of a young Dalit woman. The assault last month of an “untouchable” Dalit teenager has sparked outrage across the country against rampant sexual violence, as well as […]

“Bodies just keep arriving”, says gravedigger as he clears Delhi’s oldest graveyard

AS the toll from the Covid-19 pandemic increases on a day-to-day basis workers clear space to add 400 graves to the Indian capital’s oldest functioning cemetery. On Tuesday(6) workers cleared undergrowth from wasteland beside the ruins of historic city walls in the Islamic graveyard of Jadid Qabristan in Delhi. India’s total coronavirus cases rose by […]

Must protect world against weaponisation of artificial intelligence: Narendra Modi

India prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday (5) stressed on responsible use of artificial intelligence and protecting the world against weaponisation of AI by non-state actors. Speaking at the Raise 2020 conference, he said AI has a big role to play in sectors like agriculture, creating next generation urban infrastructure and making disaster management systems […]